Individual effort when well directed can accomplish much, but the greatest good must necessarily come from the combined efforts of many men. Individual efforts may be turned towards individual needs, but combined effort should be dedicated to the service of mankind.


Paul P. Harris

Message to the Atlanta Convention 1917


To enhance the quality of life of the poor, the underprivileged and the marginalized in our community and to promote goodwill and peace.


An effective and vibrant club dedicated to serving people, regardless of cultural, racial and religious divides, following the Rotary ideal of Service above Self.

Over the 77 years of its existence, our club has carried out an impressive array of humanitarian activities, worth around USD3,500,000 in partnership with The Rotary Foundation and Rotary Clubs/Districts and governmental and non-governmental organizations around the world.


We contribute financially to global grants and use our own funds to respond to requests from local communities and organizations and from partners overseas.


Our carefully nurtured global networks have permitted us to contribute substantially to the economic and social well-being of the citizens of the World Heritage City of Kandy and to the development of communities not only in the Central Province but also elsewhere in the island.  Close links with local governments and individual communities have ensured that our projects are relevant, serve a wide spectrum of local needs and help to improve the lives of the urban and rural poor.


The Rotary Club of Kandy was founded in 1941 as a result of a historic meeting called by the then Government Agent of Kandy, E.T. Dyson. The Club was chartered on September 24 1941 by Certificate No. 5491 with Rtn. Dyson as its Charter President. The charter ceremony itself was held on the 24th of Feb.1942 under the distinguish patronage of Past District Governor Sir Chittapalam Gardiner.


Chartered on 24th September 1941

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Rotary International is an organization of service clubs located all over the world. It is a secular organization open to all persons regardless of race, colour, creed, gender, or political preference. There are more than 32,000 clubs and over 1.2 million members worldwide. The members of Rotary Clubs are known as Rotarians. The stated purpose of the organization is to bring together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Members usually meet weekly for breakfast, lunch or dinner, which is a social event as well as an opportunity to organize work on their service goals.

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